"The concern is that at least the implication of the letter is only Christians are good, honest people," said Paul Dalzell, a worship service leader, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Charleston, which received a copy of the letter.
The Unitarian congregation has members of various religions including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and even paganism, Dalzell said. He believes any person, regardless of faith, can be a good person and worker.
"It's the exclusive nature of it," Dalzell said. "Hopefully they're recruiting, not just hiring."
First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, Eastwood Baptist Child Care Center in Huntington and Congregation B'Nai Israel, a Jewish congregation in Charleston, all confirmed that they received the letter.
Emmanuel Baptist Church, the India Center, the Islamic Center and B'Nai Jacob Synagogue, all in Charleston, said they did not receive the letter.
Sheridan, of the ACLU, said there are remedies available for anyone who believes they've been discriminated against.
"The West Virginia Human Rights Act provides that any person who believes that they've been discriminated against based upon religion or other things including race and gender, can file a compliant with the West Virginia Human Rights Commission," Sheridan said.
When complaints are brought before the Human Rights Commission there is an investigative period to determine if there is evidence to support the compliant. The commission must find probable cause to continue from there.
The Human Rights Commission works with the attorney general's office when investigating violation claims.
"The Office of the West Virginia Attorney General has a policy to not comment on pending or active litigation or matters that may come before our office in the future," said Beth Ryan, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
Monsignor Edward Sadie of Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral in Charleston wasn't sure if his church received the letter.
"There are a lot of other non-Christians, Jews, Muslims and some immigrants that may be Sikhs, Hindus that are honest, hard-working faith-filled individuals," Sadie said. "I don't know that you need to be a Christian to make a good Subway sandwich."
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